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Mayor cleared in resident’s Code of Conduct complaint



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Musician, poet, visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker Ruby Singh displays his talents through two Indian Summer Festival events. By Steve Newton

11 An ad hoc integrity commissioner found that Kennedy Stewart didn’t break a local bylaw.

not to the City’s CAO [chief administrative officer]”. Moreover, she stated that the mayor’s office also has its own letterhead, which is distinct from that of the City of Vancouver, she stated. “This arrangement…has been in place for many years, for successive mayors of various political affiliations, and is not unique to Mayor Stewart,” Southern wrote. “The Communications and the employees involved in its drafting and publication do not represent the City as they work in the Mayor’s Office, which is distinct from the City.” g

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ancouver’s mayor has won the first round relating to a political dustup with NPA board members. Earlier this year, Kennedy Stewart claimed that the NPA board had extremist views and showed support for hate groups. NPA board members subsequently sued the mayor and the City of Vancouver in B.C. Supreme Court for defamation in connection with his claims. In the meantime, an unnamed complainant filed a Code of Conduct complaint with the city about the mayor’s allegation. Because Stewart tweeted it—allegedly relying on the City of Vancouver’s letterhead and staff—the complainant claimed that this constituted an abuse of office and/or a conflict of interest. City manager Paul Mochrie appointed lawyer Lisa Southern as the ad hoc integrity commissioner to adjudicate the complaint. After interviewing the complainant and political officials in the mayor’s office, she concluded that the mayor was not in a conflict of interest nor was there an abuse of office. Southern noted in her report that while the mayor’s office staff are city employees, they “uniquely report to Mayor Stewart and

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Housing aimed at those willing to live in a Cube


by Carlito Pablo

an Kent believes that his small homes can make a big impact in our city. The founder and CEO of the Vancouver-based Nomad Micro Homes Inc. said that his company’s product could solve the city’s “affordable housing crisis… almost immediately”. “And the way it would do that is to create increased density,” Kent told the Straight in a phone interview. Nomad makes the 182-square-foot Cube, which, the home designer said, can comfortably house two adults. The couple can have a child there as well, although he said that this would be “very tight”. Kent said that people can put the 13.5-foot-by-13.5-foot structure at the back of a single-family home as a laneway home. He noted that the Cube would “not disturb any neighbours” because it’s only a “little bit bigger than a garden shed”. “Just by its size, it would provide the most affordable homes in Vancouver,” Kent said. There’s just one little problem, he said: the City of Vancouver doesn’t allow the Nomad Cube. It’s too small. “There’s a minimum dwelling size that some planner dreamed up that doesn’t allow this type of unit,” Kent said, noting that the minimum allowable size for a laneway home is about 282 square feet. A city guide states that a laneway house should have one shared area for kitchen, dining, and living space (not a bedroom) of at least 180 square feet. In addition, all units, except studio units, should provide at least one bedroom with a minimum size of 90 square feet. Nomad markets the Cube base model starting at US$38,800, which translates to CAD$46,874.

Home designer Ian Kent sees a market for his company’s Cube—a 182-square-foot structure that can house two adults and sells for about $47,000. Photo by nomadmicrohomes.com.

A city staff report to council in 2018 stated that a typical 640-square-foot laneway home has a construction cost of $200,000 if it is built in conjunction with a new house. Roughly, this means that one can assemble four or five Cubes together for the same price of a laneway home and get more square footage. Kent said that his market is primarily in rural areas of B.C. and California. The home and architectural designer established the Vancouver-based Nomad in 2014. “The impetus for starting this company was mostly because of the affordable-housing issue in Vancouver and the rest of the world,” he said. The company’s guiding principle is simple: minimize space and maximize comfort and livability, thereby achieving affordability.

Kent said that his tiny homes are built to Canadian and U.S. standards, with the homes made of steel, so they last longer than wood. That’s a plus for the environment. Kent explained that wood-frame homes have a 50-year lifespan. “Then a bulldozer knocks it down; it goes into the landfill, then they have to cut more trees to build again.” In addition, the Nomad home is easy to install. It is built in panels, so it can be taken apart easily and moved to another location or sold to another party. On April 12 this year, Christian Chiappetta, an agent with Sutton Group-West Coast Realty, placed a tiny Vancouver lot on the market. The listing, at 1912 William Street, has a frontage of nine feet and a depth of 60 feet.

The property’s original asking price was $289,000. Based on tracking by realestate information site Zealty.ca, the price was reduced by $40,000 on May 14 and it’s now $249,000. When reached by the Straight, the realtor said that the city does not have a policy about tiny homes. This means that a builder’s application for 1912 William Street will likely get rejected. However, an applicant can make a case before the board of variance and request a relaxation of policy. In October last year, council approved a motion by councillor Pete Fry that directed staff to produce a report about a policy for tiny homes and shelters. The report is to include items like minimum sizes, options for mobile and fixed locations, and opportunities as infill or secondary units to detached homes. The Fry motion also told staff to establish a demonstration project of a tinyhome village. The Straight asked city hall for an interview on the subject of tiny lots and homes, but the communications department said city planners were still busy working on Fry’s motion and that more information will be made available soon. Meanwhile, Kent told the Straight that a Cube home shipped by Nomad arrived in Oakland, California, on the day of the phone interview. Previous shipments in B.C. went to Nelson and Winlaw, he said, with three Cube homes being used in Winlaw for a new eco-resort called Raven’s Perch. As for Fry’s tiny-homes motion, Kent said that it’s a “small step in the right direction” for Vancouver. “I wouldn’t hold my breath,” Kent said. “It’s still going to be a long way.” g

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Legacy of hockey riot is clear on 10th anniversary


by Christopher J. Schneider

en years ago, the city of Vancouver was rocked by its second hockey riot, which resulted in $9 million in total damages and related legal costs. On June 15, 2011, the Vancouver Canucks lost the last match in a best-of-seven series during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. A riot started just before the decisive game ended. The aftermath of the 2011 riot triggered a major paradigm shift in policing, paving the path for the institutional police adoption and use of social media across Canada. The 2011 Vancouver riot was an unprecedented kind of mass-mediated criminal event that unfolded online as it did in real time. The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) was woefully unprepared, referring to it as “the first North American social media sports riot”. Indeed, social media were a distinguishing feature of the riot and, as with the more recent Capitol riot in Washington, suspected rioters were identified nearly immediately by members of the public on sites like Facebook. In an academic study published in 2012, my coauthor and I referred to this thennovel phenomenon of identifying rioters as “crowd-sourced policing”, an extralegal

A man in a Canucks jersey celebrates in front of a burning car during the 2011 riot. Photo by Elopde.

process that targets individuals, collects their personal information, and identifies these people online. Through our examination of more than 12,000 riot-related social-media posts, we detailed a seismic shift in criminal justice, where the pursuit of justice was organized, framed, and presented mostly by members of the public. This search for justice operated alongside police efforts,

sometimes providing contradictory narratives to those offered by police. For instance, the VPD initially insisted that the melee was caused by “anarchists, criminals, and thugs”. This claim was misleading. Social media instead revealed that some suspected rioters were middle-class adults in their late teens and early twenties, and among them were university students and Olympic hopefuls.

In my book Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media, I detail how police agencies like the VPD developed new uses of social media following the 2011 Vancouver riot in order to meet institutional and strategic objectives. This includes official police activities like the use of humour on Twitter, so officers appear more personable and relatable to the community. The VPD was among the early police services in Canada to join Facebook, in 2008. The 2011 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs was the first time Twitter was used by the VPD for an event of its size and scale. Today, the VPD uses social media like Twitter to engage and interact with its more than 174,000 followers, a 923 percent increase in followers in about a decade. What the 2011 Vancouver riot did, perhaps more than anything else, was inf luence the strategic implementation of social-media use across police agencies, a lasting legacy of the riot that has indelibly changed modern forms of police work throughout Canada. g Christopher J. Schneider is professor of sociology at Brandon University and author of Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media.

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Record Store Day isn’t just for hardcore collectors


by Steve Newton

ecord Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a way to celebrate the culture of independent record stores with special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products made exclusively for the day. Serious collectors were drawn to that aspect of it, but as the years went by Record Store Day also became a time for regular music lovers. “It’s kind of a mix between the two,” Ben Frith, who runs Mount Pleasant’s Neptoon Records with his dad, Rob, tells the Straight by phone. “When we have Record Store Day, there’s obviously a large amount of our regular customers there—and some of those people range from hardcore col-

lectors to just big music fans—but we’re also seeing a lot of people that you don’t see any other day of the year. “We’ve gained a lot of business on Record Store Day from people who traditionally only pick up stuff from Amazon.” Frith claims that there’s “not a lot of downsides” to Record Store Day, which actually happens twice this year, on June 12 and July 17. The 33-year-old certainly sounds psyched about the aural joys headed his way during the next couple of months. Although he admits that it’s a bummer that COVID-19 has nixed Neptoon’s normal hosting of live bands, he’s pretty thrilled about some of the special vinyl that’s about to be available at his place of work.

Grant McDonagh displays some of the vinyl that he likes listening to while manning the counter at Zulu Records, the last record store on Vancouver’s West Side. Photo by Sophia Clarkson.

Let me scroll through...” he says, scanning the RSD website for prime picks. “There’s a Devo release, and any time there’s a Devo release I’m pretty happy. There’s some stuff coming from Modern Harmonic, which is a subsidiary of Sundazed, and they’re doing, like, a Link Wray release. There’s a Frankie and the Witch Fingers reissue, Groundhogs reissue—that’s always exciting. Let’s see what else is in this batch here... “In terms of titles I think people are gonna be really excited for this time, there’s the Rage Against the Machine live record; that’s gonna be a massive one. There’s an Elton John record coming out that’s actually never come out before; there’s an unreleased record from [Prince’s old band] the Time that’s gonna be pretty exciting. “Oh, Replacements!” he adds, perking up. “It’s Pleased to Meet Me outtakes and alternative takes and things. That’s gonna be cool. And next time around, in July, they’re doing a CSNY’s Déjà Vu alternate takes, so for me that’s one of the coolest releases they’re gonna have, period.” Frith says the mighty sweet guitar sounds that are audible while he chats are from Afrique Victime, a new record by Mdou Moctar. “You’d like him,” the rockin’ proprietor says. “He’s a really cool guitarist from Africa. Heavy guitar players are very big fans of this guy.” A call to Grant McDonagh at Zulu Records reveals super-cool sounds in the background of his Kitsilano store as well. The 58-year-old shop owner is spinning the latest Black Keys vinyl, Delta Kream, a celebration of Mississippi hill-country blues. “It sounds a lot like Savoy Brown meets Steve Miller circa 1972, ‘71,” McDonagh reckons, “which is a pretty good sound.” Besides pushing the exclusive releases connected to Record Store Day, McDonagh plans to hold a sale throughout the entire 6


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store. That tactic has worked in the past. “In some ways, we do better on our regular stock than we do the Record Store Day stuff,” he points out. “The Record Store Day stuff is very specific, and there’s sometimes two or three that seem to be the hot commodity that us and other stores have trouble getting. The other side of the coin is people come in and they just want to support us, which we really appreciate. They just want to flip through and find things, and the selection’s really good right now.” An abundance of stock notwithstanding, McDonagh admits that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some “terrible” times for Zulu, financially. But although it’s been a struggle to survive for some local outlets, he still believes there’s a sense of community between them. “I’m always sending people to other stores,” he says, “and I know they’re sending folks to us. A person will tell me what they’re lookin’ for, and sometimes I’ll recommend a place—it could be Neptoon, it could be Beat Street, it could be Vinyl, it could be Noize To Go. There’s about a dozen record stores in the city; there’s actually more than that. People come in here sometimes and they go, ‘Oh, man, you must be the last record store,’ and it’s like, ‘No, there’s lots of us.’ “But on the West Side,” he adds, “we are the last record store.” McDonagh rings up a customer’s purchase, which includes a vinyl reissue of Led Zeppelin III and used LPs by Nat King Cole and Robert Palmer. In the background, that new Black Keys album is still wailin’ away, leading one to wonder how cool it is to be the boss and play whatever you want. “That’s why I could do this for a hundred years!” he says. “I’ll never get tired of that. I mean, you get to play music all day! It’s truly one of the best parts of the job.” g


Ruby Singh’s deep artistry heats up Indian Summer



by Steve Newton

uby Singh is a musician, poet, visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker. According to his website, “his expressions engage with mythos, memory, identity, justice and fantasy; where the surreal can shatter the boundaries of the real.” He unleashes a hearty laugh when asked to explain just what that all means. “All those subjects are kind of the impulse behind creating a lot of my art,” Singh says on the line from his home near Commercial Drive. “Whether engaging in the idea of myth or looking at the world as mythic—or mystic, even—so that is a perspective that I essentially just come from, because it’s embedded inside of me to view and have a relationship with the world that way. “And then memory, for me, is a lot around what invokes a sense of nostalgia, what for me feels like it can hold a place for that which we remember in our human bodies, but how we can also open up the memory of most of the more-than-human world—which kinda relates to the fantasy edge of things as well. And identity and justice: growing up in the world that I’ve grown up in, those are two things that have been embedded in me, in looking at how our various different identities intersect, where marginalization lives, and where marginalization needs to be shattered.” Vancouverites wanting to see for themselves what Singh’s art is all about have two options at this year’s Indian Summer Festival, which runs from June 17 to July 17. An online event titled Ancient Futures—Musical Inheritances, running from July 8 to 17, brings the premiere of a short documentary about his 2020 album, Jhalaak (pronounced “ja-luck”), which is a fusion of traditional Sufi music with rap rhyming and EDM beats. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Singh, Inuit throat-singing duo PIQSIQ (pronounced “pilk-silk”), and local musician Khari Wendell McClelland. The other Indian Summer Festival event Singh is involved with is Vox.Infold, an inperson installation that runs from June 23 to July 4 at Lobe Studio on East Hastings. “This is like one of the most incredible auditory spaces I’ve ever been in,” he raves. “And what the space is, is essentially they have speakers placed all around the room, and you can direct the sound in and around those speakers, and you create like a spatial ambisonic sound. So it’s gonna be one bubble of listeners at a time entering the space and having a chance to listen to it in this 4-D sound. The music will feel like singers are dancing around you with their voices, which I’m really ecstatic about.” Singh—who likes to listen to everything from 1940s Bollywood to Bulgarian women’s

Ruby Singh is elated about his Indian Summer fest shows. Photo by Kristine Cofsky.

choirs to Robert Johnson in his spare time— is also thrilled about the “powerhouse musicians” that will join him for Vox.Infold. Those include vocalists Dawn Pemberton, Russell Wallace, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay (the sisters from PIQSIQ), Tiffany Moses, and Shamik Bilgi. “It is made up of all racialized folks, from the Black, Indigenous, and POC community,” Singh notes. “One of the intentions behind it was to create a space where we could kind of bring our voices and our creativity without the idea of essentially how you can feel restricted in some white-dominated places. We wanted to open up a space where we could follow our impulses.” Singh has called Vancouver home for many years. So given that he’s living on unceded territory, what impact has colonialism had on how he approaches his art? “Wow,” he replies, “that’s a huge question. I love it. Well, I am creating art in a colonial context, right. There’s no way around that, ‘cause it’s everywhere. You know, it’s written on my passport. I definitely hold a lot of privilege as a settler creating music and art on these traditional stolen lands, so I hold that to be true. And through my art I try to invoke a decolonial process, where we are focused on process and not just the product. So those would be the two things I would mainly think of, but it’s a pretty deep question. I feel like I could talk about that for a long time.” g Indian Summer Festival takes place from June 17 to July 17. For more information, visit IndianSummerFest.ca.

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Right gadgets produce happy camping memories


by Breanne Doyle and Mike Usinger

hen packing up the trunk for a long weekend of camping, you’ve got the bare essentials down. You’ve got the Eddie Bauer Pantheon Dome tent, Tenica Forge hiking boots, a lightweight yet cozy blanket, a 256 GB iPhone 12 with three-dozen playlists, and a cooler full of chilled glass bottles, which are knocking around calling your name. For once-in-a-blue-moon folks who worry their lack of Scouts knowledge is setting them for a challenging weekend, we’ve compiled a list of items to make sure that your next trip makes you a happy camper. A moka, Nebula Apollo projector, Stanley shaker, and Coleman shower bag make camping easier.


Sure, you love the idea of being completely disconnected from the world and one with nature, but let’s face it—being miles away from the nearest Starbucks is scary. That’s when bringing along a stovetop (or in this case, campfire-top) is a good idea. A stovetop­ espresso maker—known to Italian nonnas as a moka­­—is a quick and easy way to make a cup of joe without using coffee filters. All you need is clean water, ground coffee, a source of heat (in this case, your fire pit), and a moka. Simply fill the bottom piece of the espresso

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A big problem with camping in British Columbia is the campfire issue. At some point in every season a ban comes into effect, which isn’t great news for those who see a fire as nature’s version of a television set, and a stick as the remote for changing the channel. So you can either sit in the dark before retreating to your tent in the middle of nowhere, or you can do something about it. Like watch a movie—and by that, we’re not talking on your phone. Anker’s Nebula Apollo operates as a portable projector—all you need is a sheet, white tarp, or empty beer box, and you’ve got your own campsite version of an outdoor cinema. With 8GB of internal storage and four hours of battery life, there’s enough oomph to get you across the finish line of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, Roman Polanski’s Tess, or Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. Off the grid? Nothing adds a little terrifying spice to the night like a Willow Creek/Deliverance double bill.

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Now that summer grilling is back, a few key tips by Martin Dunphy

tively quickly. The top should be down for extra-thick steaks (but never tuna), chicken (whole or parts, wings excepted), ribs, or more ambitious projects like roasts in order to maintain even, high heat. And get yourself a good-quality meat thermometer for top-down grilling. It’s key. NEVER DO THIS

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s the first day of summer approaches, many people think about dusting off the barbecue and getting ready to host a few months’ worth of backyard (or patio and park) cookouts with family and friends. Those who love the taste of barbecued foods like steak, burgers, chicken, or salmon probably didn’t get to indulge their hobby too many times last summer due to the pandemic’s restrictive public-health rules. But the recent easing of those emergency orders allows small outdoor gatherings in B.C., so here are a few key BBQ tips. DO I LEAVE THE LID UP OR DOWN?

Keep the barbecue top up if you are grilling thinner cuts of meat like burgers, small steaks, pork chops, or skewers of seafood, meat, and vegetables. They will cook rela-

Never turn a steak, burger, sausage, or chicken by piercing with a fork and flipping. The juices will run out, you will get flare-ups, and you will end up serving leather to your guests. Use tongs. The same goes for cutting into any meat to check doneness. Get the aforementioned meat thermometer, look up the ideal temperature for the desired degree of doneness, and learn to trust your most important barbecue tool. (Burgers, hot dogs, and skewers can usually be safely and reliably cooked by sight.) And never, ever use a wire brush to clean your grill. The bristles can break off, end up in the food, and pierce someone’s esophagus, stomach, or intestines, among other things. Seriously. ALWAYS DO THIS

es thick), there’s nothing worse than ruining (then eating) an expensive cut of meat. Hard on the wallet and stomach. For medium-rare bliss, preheat your grill to a high temperature, with only one side turned on for propane and the charcoal evenly spread over just one half of the barbecue bottom for the traditionalists. Have your steak at room temp, generously sprinkled on both sides with kosher salt and fresh-cracked black pepper at least 30 to 60 minutes in advance. Place over the “cooler”, indirect-heat area and close the lid. No flipping. Wait 10 minutes or so and check the meat temperature (in the centre of the thickest part) until it gets to about 120° F, then move the steak (ahem, tongs only) to the side of the grill with high, direct heat

and sear a few minutes per side, lid up, until the internal temperature is about 130° F. Remove to a warm plate, tent with foil, and wait 10 minutes before cutting or serving. It will get to about 135° F, the classic medium-rare level. Perfection. BURGER TIPS

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Arts and music festivals bring much-needed joy


by Charlie Smith

estival season is about to get underway in Vancouver, minus the communal feasts that have been a hallmark of events like Greek Day on Broadway and Italian Day on the Drive. Damn that pandemic! However, there is still plenty of sizzle coming at you virtually during the next couple of months, plus some events with a live component. Here are some highlights. Talking Stick Festival Summer Sojourn (until July 1) Last week, we told you about Embodying Power and Place, which is a monthlong artistic representation of chapters in the final report of the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. On June 15, the festival will present Dances With Our Ancestors, which includes pieces by Christine Friday, Maura Garcia, and Rebecca Sadowski.

Indian Summer Festival (June 17 to July 17) This one has it all: musical, theatrical, and literary events, plus a walking tour of the Punjabi Market, all spaced out over the course of a month. Two highlights? Seven-time Grammy-nominated sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar next Saturday (June 19)

The Talking Stick Festival Summer Sojourn presents Dances With Our Ancestors, including Maura Garcia (left, photo by Christopher Randle); CAMP is among a long list of dance troupes and soloists who will perform at Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge festival. Photo by Richie Lubaton.

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novelist Avni Doshi in conversation with Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning short-story writer Souvankham Thammavongsa. Dancing on the Edge (July 8 to 17) Vancouver has emerged as a globally respected centre for contemporary dance in the 21st century, no small thanks to its breadth of talent. At this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival, there will be commissioned works by Ouro Collective, Raven Spirit Dance, Billy Marchenski, Immigrant Lessons, Generous Mess, Rob Kitsos, and Meredith Kalaman. That’s in addition to presentations by dance artists Wen Wei Dance, Radical System Art/ Shay Kuebler, Rachel Meyer, Lesley Telford/ Inverso Productions, CAMP, and others. TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 25 to July 4) The Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tonye Aganaba, Helen Sung, and DJ Kookum are just some of the featured acts at this grand music festival. And if you’re eager to see how the future of jazz might look like in a world of growing racial consciousness, be sure to check out Irreversible Entanglements, featuring the vocals of spoken-word artist and activist Moor Mother, a.k.a. Camae Ayewa. Powell Street Festival (July 1 to August 1) In normal years, the Powell Street Festival is held over the B.C. Day long weekend in Oppenheimer Park in the heart of Vancouver’s old Japantown. But this is no normal year, so the 45th annual event will be free throughout July before it ends with a bang on July 31 and August 1. That includes a “flash mob” performance of the Paueru Mashup Dance in Oppenheimer Park, opportunities to listen to durational taiko drumming from the

rooftop of the Japanese Language School, and Randall Okita’s virtual-reality film The Book of Distance at the same location. From the comfort of home, people can watch ondemand streaming of Dub This Road with British hapa singer Denise Sherwood and Vancouver’s Sawagi Taiko and Onibana Taiko. Other on-demand shows feature Kazuma Glen Motomura and Sammy Chien; Jody Okabe, Rup Singh and director Aya Garcia; and Shion Skye Carter and Skye Carter. Mission Folk Music Festival (July 23 to 25) Famous fathers Jim Cuddy and Barney Bentall will share songs and family stories with their musician sons, Devin Cuddy, Sam Polley, and Dustin Bentall. For those missing the Vancouver Folk Music Festival this year—and who might not have been in the mood to drive to Mission anyhow—plenty of folk acts are available in your living room. Queer Arts Festival (July 24 to August 13) This year’s QAF is billed as Dispersed: it’s not easy being green, featuring a curated visual art exhibition at the Sun Wah Centre in Chinatown. This year’s fest also includes Bobbi Kozinuk’s interactive Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories (from July 24 to August 13), as well as Queerotica literary readings curated by Josie Boyce (August 2) and a discussion on dance and music with Onibana Taiko and Alvin Erasga Tolentino (August 7). Carnaval del Sol (August 6 to 29) Online and in-person events are planned for the largest Latin American festival in B.C. and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. We’ll provide more information when it becomes available. g


Exhibitions explore history of fishing and forestry by Charlie Smith

After the railway was completed, in 1885, many Chinese immigrants also looked for work in the fishing industry. According to Horita, they did much of the hard labour, such as carrying fish from the boats into the canneries and manning the areas where the cans and contents were cooked at the end of the line. “The highrisk, hot, laborious tasks were done by many Chinese immigrants,” she noted. The internment of Japanese Canadians in the Second World War resulted in the confiscation of their property as they were sent to camps in the B.C. Interior and other parts of Canada. “A large part of the reason I started working here was I wanted to gain more knowledge about the history of

the Japanese Canadians in Steveston [on] Canada’s West Coast,” Horita, a secondgeneration Canadian, said. “They virtually paved the way for immigrants like my family—the newer, more recent immigrants—to come in.” THAT WHICH SUSTAINS US

Museum of Vancouver The newest exhibition at the museum in Vanier Park looks at the history of the forest industry in Vancouver in the 19th and early 20th centuries through an Indigenous, environmental, and economic lens. After written greetings from the three host First Nations—the Musqueam, Squamish, see next page

Mimi Horita, the head of visitor services at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, says that the Waves of Innovation exhibition examines the impact of inventions in the fishing industry.


n recent years, some of B.C.’s museums and galleries have been trying to draw attention to the history of Indigenous peoples and racial minorities in this region. Two of the leaders in this regard have been the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby. This summer, there are two new exhibitions at other museums that are also offering insights into the history of Indigenous people and racial minorities in Metro Vancouver. One is at the the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and the other is at the Museum of Vancouver.


Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site The pros and cons of innovation are not a new thing. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, new discoveries also transformed B.C.’s fishing industry, sometimes to the detriment of workers. This is the crux of a new exhibition at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Richmond’s Steveston neighbourhood. The head of visitor services, Mimi Horita, told the Straight by phone that the exhibit name, Waves of Innovation, plays on the cannery’s ocean theme and the ripple effect of adaptations and inventions on different communities. As an example, she mentioned the “iron butcher”, which mechanized the process of carving up a salmon. Prior to its invention in 1905, there would be about 30 Chinese butchers on each canning line in Steveston, cleaning fish and removing heads and tails. “Maybe they would do five or six fish a minute,” Horita said. “This iron butcher… was able to process one salmon per second.” That meant the 30 skilled butchers on each line lost their jobs, only to be replaced by just three people. An innovation that hurt Japanese fishers

north of Rivers Inlet in the early 20th century was the invention of the gas engine. “The ban on gas engines was lifted from fishers in 1924,” Horita explained. “But that excluded the Japanese Canadian fishers. They were not allowed to use motorized boats until five years later when one fisherman fought for the right to be able to do that. “Innovations come and go in our industries,” she added, “and they may be helpful for some and may put others at disadvantages. The waves of innovation affect different communities differently.” The Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s exhibition was cocurated by executive director Stephanie Halapija, collections manager Heidi Rampfl, and audience engagement manager Krystal Newcombe. Waves of Innovation is one 35 offerings in this year’s virtual Doors Open Richmond—a free annual event designed to showcase the city’s cultural diversity and heritage that runs until Saturday (June 12). Since last July, a limited number of people can also visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s sprawling 55,000 square-foot building, which extends over the Fraser River estuary on 600 wood pilings. It was designed this way to enable fish to be loaded directly into the cannery without having to travel over land, even at low tide. Indigenous peoples caught salmon in this area for thousands of years prior to European contact. Horita said that the first canneries were built by settlers in the 1800s. “Initially, the Indigenous people were hired to fish for the canneries because they knew where to catch them and how to catch them,” she noted. But a labour shortage led to the immigration of Japanese Canadians, starting with the first who arrived in Steveston in 1887. They became fishers, boat builders, net menders, and, in the case of many of the Japanese wives, cannery workers. JUNE 10 – 17 / 2021




Store mural summons echoes of pudding vendors


by Carlito Pablo

Vancouver store mural captures a scene typical of many towns and cities in the Philippines. It’s marked by the early morning arrival of a man with a long bamboo pole perched on his shoulder and two elongated aluminum cans suspended from both ends of the shaft. He announces his presence in a deep, long call that goes, “Tah-ho-oooo,” leaving the “oooo” echoing on the street as he passes. He’s known by everyone as the magtataho, which means vendor of taho, a popular snack made with warm soft tofu, sweet syrup, and tapioca pearls. In one aluminum can is freshly made taho. In the other are often three compartments: one for arnibal (dark brown sugar syrup), another for sago (tapioca pearls), and a third with disposable cups. By the time he sets down his wares, kids and adults have come out of their homes with mugs, glasses, and bowls in hand. With a scoop, the magtataho ladles warm taho into a container, then tops it with arnibal and sago. The arrival of the magtataho is memorialized in a mural at a Vancouver store that serves the dessert in tubs to go.

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Lory Riego helped paint the mural at her Fraser Street O! Taho store, where one can get to-go taho, or soya-milk pudding. The work of art summons memories of life in the Philippines.

For more than a decade, the 4223 Fraser Street shop called O! Taho has been providing Filipino Canadians and other visitors their taho fix. O! Taho is owned by Lory Riego, a mother of two. Riego prepares the dessert from scratch at her location, where the snack is called soya-milk pudding. “The mural reminds us of some of the nice memories we Filipino Canadians brought to Canada from our native land,”

Riego told the Straight by phone. The mural was a collaborative work of four people, including Riego. As a young girl growing up in the Philippines, Riego was into visual arts. Her interest in arts took a back seat when she went to postsecondary school to train as an accountant. But that attraction was rekindled when her daughter started attending workshops with a Vancouver-based Filipino Canadian community art collective.

The group, under the tutelage of Vancouver muralist and cultural worker Bert Monterona, is called Philippine Artists Network for Community Integrative Transformation. The group’s acronym, PANCIT, is a reference to pancit, a noodle dish that is a must-have in Filipino gatherings across the world. Pancit represents long life and it comes in many forms, with some of the most popular being pancit bihon and pancit canton. Riego and her daughter now attend PANCIT workshops together. “I was joking with Ka Bert [ka stands for companion or friend] that we can brighten up O! Taho by putting some art on the wall,” Riego said. What happened next was a mural project involving Riego, Monterona, Mylene Maranoc (Monterona’s artist spouse), and PANCIT member Alda de Aza. In a separate interview, Monterona said that the mural was done in acrylic and it pays homage to cubism. Monterona said that the sight of a taho vendor making his way in springy steps with his bamboo pole bobbing up and down from the weight of the two cans is one of the most recognizable and iconic images in the Philippines. “Who could forget the magtataho?” Monterona asked in a phone interview with the Straight. “I’m sure his calls still ring loud and clear in everyone’s ears.” O! Taho at 4223 Fraser Street is open from noon until 6:30 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. g

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and Tsleil-Waututh—visitors see images of an old-growth forest in Stanley Park and a pile of debris from the clearing of Kerrisdale. It sets the stage for what’s to follow. “Settlement really pivoted on this idea of terra nullius (nobody’s land)—that you could claim unused land,” MOV curator of Indigenous collections and engagement Sharon Fortney told the Straight on a recent tour of the exhibition. “But these were managed forests. Just because you didn’t see it, it didn’t mean that people weren’t harvesting in them, using the wood and the bark and the fern patches and the berry patches. “These were places that the local Indigenous communities occupied,” she continued.”It was a different mindset. You didn’t have to leave a trace on the land in the same way.” That stands in sharp contrast to a massive Douglas fir stump near the entrance, with its tree rings revealing that it’s at least 500 years old. It provides a sense of the size of trees that once existed across what we now call Vancouver. Inside the brightly lit gallery, Fortney

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Sharon Fortney curated the That Which Sustains Us exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver.

pointed to tools used by Indigenous foresters. Videos offer insights into everything from making fish-skin leather to the use of hemlock boughs in harvesting herring roe before those fish populations in Burrard Inlet shrank dramatically due to pollution. Fortney also noted the existence of a carving by Chief August Jack, which replicates an older figure that stood overlooking the Squamish River Valley, welcoming the salmon back each spring. In the economic section, there’s a model

of the Hastings Mill, which was a sawmill founded in 1865 on Burrard Inlet. Fortney said that most of the early lumber industry workers were Indigenous before single men started coming from Eastern Canada looking for employment. “The Indigenous men liked to choose work that allowed them to work in family groups,” she added. “So they settled near the mills and they stayed with their families and they worked in teams, doing activities to support the lumber industry.” g


Indigenous history delivered with flair and insights


by Charlie Smith

he recent discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School has shaken the country. It has also generated far more public interest in Indigenous history. This year, in a nod to reconciliation, Vancouver Public Library staff have been placing books on this subject in prominent locations within the branches. This week, I’m shining a light on two of my favourites. BROTHERHOOD TO NATIONHOOD: GEORGE MANUEL AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN INDIAN MOVEMENT

By Peter McFarlane with Doreen Manuel This year, Between the Lines rereleased an updated edition of McFarlane’s unvarnished 1993 biography of the famed B.C. Indigenous leader George Manuel. This giant in Indigenous politics was instrumental in the creation of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the evolution of the National Indian Brotherhood, which shone a light on the abusive residential-school system. “I always knew that mom was an enormous part of dad’s work in the early days, especially her fundraising skills,” Manuel’s daughter Doreen writes in the book. “She was the one who brought back the craft and traditions of tanning hides, buckskin work, feather work, and beadwork to the Secwepemc. None of that existed after the harsh effects of colonization from the nearby Kamloops residential school.” Several Manuel family members, including George, attended the now-infamous school. In fact, George Manuel described it as “the laboratory and the production line of the colonial system”. Hunger was a constant

companion, along with diseases such as tuberculosis. Students who turned their backs on their families and their traditions were treated as “success stories”, according to Brotherhood to Nationhood, “and once the children’s pride in their Indianness was stamped out, it was an easy task to undermine their traditional culture and values”. As a young adult, Manuel was barred from most restaurants and hotels due to discrimination, as well as all beer parlours. Yet through the sheer force of his intellect, ability to inspire others, and remarkable energy, Manuel played a leading role in blocking the imposition of a federal government white paper in 1969. It proposed eliminating Indigenous peoples’ unique legal status and converting reserve lands to private property. Brotherhood to Nationhood also highlights how Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere influenced Manuel to organize Indigenous peoples around the world. That set the stage for the eventual adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, which has since been enshrined in B.C. law. This lively biography offers a colourful account of his heroic struggle for justice. AT THE BRIDGE: JAMES TEIT AND AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF BELONGING

By Wendy Wickwire Every time a statue of John A. Macdonald is vandalized, someone somewhere will say, “Well, they were all racists at that time.” In fact, not all the settlers were racist, as demonstrated by UVic history professor emeritus Wendy Wickwire’s erudite and engaging 2019 book, At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.

Teit arrived in B.C. in 1884 as a 19-yearold from Scotland, eventually settling in Spences Bridge. He married a Nlaka’pamux woman, Lucy Antko, and they created a ranch in the Twaal Valley. Antko lost her Indian status as a result of the marriage, but because they lived so close to her community, Teit formed strong bonds with the Indigenous people and learned their language. Over time, he documented their lives, even recording stories and songs, and worked as a translator and adviser in their efforts to recover their stolen land. Teit also collaborated with a famous anthropologist of the era, Franz Boas, who studied Indigenous peoples on behalf of museums. Wickwire makes a compelling case that Teit has never received his due in the world of anthropology, despite his prodigious output. “When he wrote about traditional hunting practices, he wrote as a hunter who spent

years with the Nlaka’pamux and Tahltan hunters,” she states in her book. “When he wrote about local food practices, he wrote as one who had walked the land with its local foragers. When he wrote about sweathouse tradition, he wrote as one who used the sweathouse as his neighbours did. When he wrote of attitudes toward death and dying, he wrote as one who sat with his friends in their dying moments.” At the Bridge also illuminates how the longtime deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs, Duncan Campbell Scott, rebuffed efforts by Teit and others to lift the ban on potlaches. In 1916, Teit travelled with chiefs from the B.C. Interior to Ottawa, where he met Scott in person for the first time. “Teit’s prominent role in the political arena was undoubtedly a factor in his later marginalization by the discipline of anthropology, where such activism had little currency,” Wickwire writes. g

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Broad-minded woman has to dump sex shamer by Dan Savage

b I’VE BEEN LIVING with my boyfriend for a year. We met on FetLife and I was honest about being in an open relationship (at the time) and seeking a sexual connection over a relationship. But one nut after another and pretty soon we were professing our love for each other and he shared that he wanted to be the father of my children. However, right before he moved in I found out he was still texting other women despite asking me not to text, sext, or have sex with any other men. He also regularly “yucks my yum” and makes fun of the types of porn I watch and calls it “gross” (my thing for cuckolding being his main target), and he also insists men can’t be friends with women, yet he’s still friends with women he’s had sex with. He hides the fact he is masturbating from me but expects to participate in all my masturbation sessions. He claims we have no sexual secrets but I snooped and learned he was looking at porn with titles like “TS,” “sissy,” “gay,” and “BBW Black”. It makes me feel small because of the nagging feeling I may not be his cup of tea since he hides these other interests from me while not allowing me to hide anything from him. I also worry that his “affection” for my black BBW ass may be no different than his objectification of trans women. He says he doesn’t want to “burden” me with “rapey” sex play, but I am open to sex of all kinds, not just the softcore-porn type—so long as he doesn’t start by rubbing my boobs like they’re doorknobs. I am at my wits end. I already emailed an LGBTQIA+-friendly couples counsellor because we are both scared the relationship will end. But I can’t keep turning a blind eye to his half-truths, double standards, and hypocrisy. - Feeling Extremely Tense

A woman writes to Dan about a boyfriend whom she met on FetLife. Photo by runzelkorn/Getty. Break up.

This guy sounds like equal parts asshole and mess. And he needs to work on that—he needs to clean up his mess—on his own. You can’t do the work for him, FET, and I would urge you to resist the urge to use the relationship as leverage. Because by staying in this relationship despite his half-truths, his double standards, and his hypocrisies—by sticking around to be shamed and manipulated—you’re sending him a message that says, “It’s fine; you’re fine; we’re fine.” Perhaps I shouldn’t say, “You’re sending him a message,” because this shit isn’t your fault, FET. But he will self-servingly interpret your willingness to stay and work on the relationship—as if the relationship is the problem here—as proof that he doesn’t need to do something about his own shit. He will assume he can continue to get away with being a controlling, manipulative, and sex-shaming asshole because he’s getting away with it. When your current boyfriend “yucks your yum”, when he says the porn you like is gross, he’s projecting the shame he feels about all the



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non-normative (but perfectly wonderful) stuff that turns him on. When someone vomits their shame all over you, FET, getting yourself out of vomit range is your best option. And for the record: I don’t think your boyfriend is a mess because he’s interested in more kinds of sex than he admits or more types of women than just your type of woman or dudes or power games that touch on gender roles and/or taboos. And the fact that he’s hiding his attraction to trans women from you isn’t by itself proof that he objectifies trans women, FET, or that he’s objectifying you. You don’t know how he would interact (or how he has interacted) with a trans partner. What you do know is he treats you like shit and makes you feel bad about yourself and demands transparency from you without being transparent in return. DTMFA. P.S. Please don’t let his shitty comments about your turn-ons lead you to doubt your desirability—just the fact that you’re into cuckolding makes you something of a prize, FET, as there are easily a hundred times as many men into cuckolding as there are women. It wouldn’t take you long to replace a guy who shames you for being into cuckolding with a guy who absolutely worships you for it. P.P.S. I don’t think you had grounds to snoop, FET, or a need to snoop. You knew everything you needed to know about this guy before you found his secret undeleted browser history. Insisting you cut your male friends and exes out of your life was reason enough to end this relationship. b I’M A FIT and healthy 66-year-old woman. (Vegan 53 years and have never been sick a day in my life!) I’ve been told I look 40ish—so not too bad! I was married for 20 years and then sat on the bench without so much as one date for 18 years because I was a hardworking single mom of three kids. So I meet a guy

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about six years ago. I was dating around a bit at the time and figured he was too. Well, I later found out he had me “checked out and followed” and even hacked my computer, where he found a couple of sexy emails to another guy. We were not exclusive at the time, and years later—six years later—he throws the details of one particular email I sent to another in my face every chance he gets. He has actually told me he was dating other women when we first met. Of course he was! No big deal at all, but it irks me that he hired someone to follow my every move! (He even accused me of getting paid for sex and said he had proof! Totally false!) We have been engaged and I am holding back from marrying him. Otherwise he is good to me. What’s the deal here? - Engaged Dame Grows Edgy


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